Santi Cazorla wants chance against Manchester City after Arsenal return

Santi Cazorla

The Spaniard featured for the Gunners' under-21 side this week.

Santi Cazorla says he would like to play for Arsenal against Manchester City this weekend in comments made to the club’s official website.

The midfielder made his return to the field this week as he managed 60 minutes for the under-21s in their clash with Blackburn Rovers.

He showed his qualities as well, bagging an assist for Chris Willock as Arsenal's young side won their play-off semi-final.

The Spaniard still has some time to go before he reaches full fitness, but he insists he would like to help in the huge clash against Manchester City this weekend.

“I’m very happy to be back,” he told Arsenal Player. “It is a great feeling after five months. I need to keep up the hard work with my team-mates in the first team and I want to play the last two games.

"I would like to help the first team at the weekend against Manchester City. [Arsène Wenger] has the decision, but I will try to play at the weekend.”

Despite having been sorely missed in his absence, there is an argument that Cazorla faces a fight to get into the Arsenal first-team in future.

During his time out manager Arsene Wenger has paired several players in central midfield with varying levels of success.

Recently though he has settled on Mohamed Elneny and Aaron Ramsey and they have impressed, with the Egyptian in particular looking to be have been an excellent capture.

That leaves Cazorla with a fight; although arguably it could be to his advantage as he will be allowed time to focus on getting back fit without any pressure on him.

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